Town Meeting preview: Woodstock-area school district’s budget up slightly

Published: 2/22/2021 5:58:11 PM
Modified: 2/22/2021 8:03:54 PM

Hot Topic: The proposed $22.76 million budget represents a 3% spending increase for the seven-town Woodstoock area school district known as the Windsor Central Unified Union School District. If approved, it will result in education spending of $18,800 per equalized pupil.

The proposed budget is up $654,000 from the amount that voters approved last year. Much of the increase — $260,000 — is tied to special education spending.  

The budget includes $32,000 for a nurse’s position at The Prosper Valley School in Pomfret. After closing in 2018 due to mold contamination, the elementary school is scheduled to reopen this fall.

Contested Races: In Pomfret, Robert Crean and John Peters Jr. are vying for a three-year seat. Incumbent Bob Coates is not seeking re-election. Bill Overbay, who currently serves on the School Board, is running unopposed.

In Bridgewater, incumbents Sarah Adams and Matthew Hough are running unopposed. Barnard’s Bryce Sammel, chair of the 18-member board, also isn’t facing any opposition. In Woodstock, Kerri Bristow and Julian Underwood are in uncontested races.    

When and where: An informational hearing via Zoom is scheduled for Thursday, starting at 6:30 p.m. See the school district’s website, wcsu.net, for a link. Voting by Australian ballot will be held on Tuesday, March 2, at Barnard Town Hall,10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Plymouth Municipal Building, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.;  Bridgewater Town Clerk’s Office, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Pomfret Town Offices, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Killington Town Hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Reading Town Hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Woodstock Town Hall, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

—Jim Kenyon




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